Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2017

Green Footprints, silk screen and sign painting workshop
Tuesday, 28th November, 7pm
Making Space, Coronation Buildings, Gilroy Road

Mellow Yellow is offering a chance to make signs for Incredible Edibles, and footprint T-shirts. Bring a T-shirt to print on.
Booking required: 625 9974.

Homegrown Bananas
Saturday, 2nd December, 2:30 4pm
West Kirby Library

December's gathering is part of the Winter Fair: a collaboration between the Library and Transition Town (see below). Bring a song, a story or a poem. All welcome.

West Kirby Winter Fair
Saturday, 2nd December, 10am 4pm
West Kirby Library

Join us for West Kirby Winter Festival on Saturday December 2nd from 10am. Following on from the previous Winter Arts and Crafts Fairs, this year sees a more compact event inside West Kirby Library with stalls from local makers, family activities, live music and children's storytelling. Working in collaboration with West Kirby Library, there will be plenty to enjoy including a Homegrown Bananas Open Stage Session and a chance to check out the products of local makers.There will be live music throughout the day featuring local artists and there will be children's storytelling sessions in the morning and afternoon from the West Kirby Library team. Make sure to come down for the final Homegrown Bananas Open Stage Session of 2017 and get involved by participating or just watching. Entry is free to West Kirby Winter Festival but any donations to Transition Town West Kirby will help us make these events bigger and better and keep them going!

Saturday, 23rd December, 9am - 1pm
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St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
30 stalls selling fresh, seasonal food - organised by local volunteers to stimulate and support local food. On the 4th Saturday of every month. Just take a look at our page of regular producers

Mellow Yellow AGM and Homegrown Bananas Open Stage Session
Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

Venue To be confirmed
Join us for the annual gathering of Mellow Yellow as we celebrate what the past year has delivered and what we hope to deliver during 2018. More details to come!

Incredible Edible Group

To help with our work ring 07724 175779 or 625 9974. Or come along to our next meeting in West Kirby Library on Monday 20th November 2-3 p.m. You will be welcome.

Our planters
Although edible summer flowers are over, primulas and pansies will bloom through the winter and provide decoration for seasonal salads and desserts. The herbs outside Nancie Henry are coming together to fill their planter now. In the Sandlea bed Meteor peas have been sown, a hardy variety that we hope will give an early crop next year. The fruiting stems of the raspberries have been pruned, just leaving the new growth to produce next years crop. While the dahlias are still blooming, they have been allowed to remain, but will have to come out soon for storage in a frost free spot.

Grange Park Community Orchard- in Grange Park, below the cemetery.
Our next maintenance sessions are Thursday 23rd November 11-12 a.m. and Saturday 9th December 1-3 p.m.
We meet outside the scout hut in the cemetery, Lang Lane entrance.

Apple Avenue- The next maintenance sessions for this double row of fruit trees is Thursday 23rd November 1-3 p.m. (after Grange Park session above).

Edible flowers in November- Not much bar the primroses and pansies above, but for those of you with greenhouses and polytunnels, and even more with heating, the same varieties will flourish and the calendulas never die down. Still time for some foraging, save rosehips, rowan and hawthorn berries and sweet chestnuts.

Autumn soup recipe- for 6. Chop one carrot and one onion, cook in oil until softened. Add 6 oz chopped woodland mushrooms and 7 oz cooked, peeled and chopped chestnuts and 1 teaspoon thyme leaves. Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes. Add 1.5 litres vegetable stock and a glass of sherry if liked, cook for a further 15 minutes. Garnish with herbs, more cooked mushrooms or cream.

Litter Picking Group The High Tidiers

Please join us for monthly litter picking sessions around West Kirby. Each session is a 90 minute litter pick followed by a short meeting to hear where people want us to litter pick in the future. See for details and photos.

Thank you so much to all the new faces who joined in the autumn beach litter picks. It's been brilliant to meet you all and experience your enthusiasm. Of course, thanks also to everyone who has kept the group going throughout the year!
Out of the blue we have also had good quality gloves and bags donated to the group by FC Hardware (1 Charles Road, Hoylake) so a massive thank you to them and also to the council for Small Grant Big Difference funding which allowed us to get some new high vis jackets and litter picks.

For the next three months the beach picks will be monthly, but we've also picked some other areas for weekday picks and as a new experiment we're going to try a Saturday litter walk along the Wirral Way as a group.
Dates for your diaries:
Tuesday 21st November 10.00 to 12.00
Litter Pick at Gilroy Nature Reserve (Meet at the junction of Apple Avenue and Gilroy Road)

Saturday 9th December 10.00 start
Litter Walk on the Wirral Way (Starting as a group from the Croft Drive Car Park on the Wirral Way)

Sunday 17th December 10.00 to 12.00
Beach Litter Pick (Meet at the Hilbre Tides Noticeboard opposite Dee Lane at the Entrance to West Kirby Beach)

Tuesday 19th December 10.00 to 12.00
Litter Pick at Sandlea Park (Meet inside the Dee Lane Entrance)

Tuesday 9th January 10.00 to 12.00
Litter Pick on Grange Hill (Meet at Grange Cemetery, Lang Lane Entrance)

Sunday 21st January 10.00 to 12.00
Beach Litter Pick (Meet at the Hilbre Tides Noticeboard opposite Dee Lane at the Entrance to West Kirby Beach)

We hope you like the times and venues but please let us know what we could do better.
Thanks again for all your hard work which has been truly inspiring and hopefully we'll see again you soon.

West Kirby Drop In Centre

Tuesdays, 10.00am - 1.30pm.

United Reformed Church Hall, Meols Drive, West Kirby.
The Drop In meets every Tuesday morning throughout the year. Its aim is to provide a friendly meeting place where anybody can find a Welcome, a cuppa and a chat. Lunch is provided at 12 midday for anybody who wants it, cost 3. We occasionally arrange days out together to places of interest. Relaxation Massage sessions are available for a reasonable cost.
What people like about the Drop In is finding friendly familiar faces, a chance to socialise and meet people, good food and support if life gets difficult.

West Kirby Messenger

This is a quarterly magazine, delivered free to 6,500 homes & businesses in West Kirby, Newton & Caldy. It's put together and delivered by local volunteers, and allows local community groups to keep in touch about their activities and events. It operates on a not-for-profit basis, with the cost of production is met by donations and advertising.

We're always looking for more people to help, so if you can deliver a few near where you live, or if your business would like to advertise to help us produce more pages, please get in touch -

Pictures from Wirral Earth Fest 10th September 2016
Abyssa drummers
grinding corn
sign and ttwk table

Pictures from Wirral Climate Change Walk 29th November 2015
Climate Change Walk
Climate Change Walk

November 2017 Round Up

The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest ... wasnt it only last week that is was August? Anyway, here are our updates...

On Tuesday, 24th October the Wirral Countryside Volunteers gave instruction in hedge laying skills at Grange Community Park. Photos from the event can be found here. The Volunteers gave their thanks to Birgitta, Marko and Annabel for making the hedge layers so welcome and observed that those that came enjoyed the day. "There were several people with little or even no previous experience, and by the end of the afternoon they were all able confidently to cut and lay a pleacher [a cut stem with its roots still attached] and build it into the hedge."

Saturday, 11th November saw the annual Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade. This year there was no wind! And it stayed dry! There was a lovely, warm and friendly atmosphere. Beautiful lanterns. A fantastic re-enactment of St Martins story. Delicious St Martins biscuits. And toe tapping music, causing Dorothea to observe now I have seen dancing angels. The bulk of the event occurred at the beach this year, where the sound system is better. Maybe because of this, the message of peace and reconciliation was even clearer with someone commenting that they were moved by the depth of what the Peace Parade is about ... and also the fun. So, thank you, in no particular order, to the weather, the lantern makers, the organisers, the makers of biscuits, the angels, the musicians, the carriers of lanterns and torches, the poets, the marshals, the sharers of the first biscuit, the eaters of many biscuits, those that cleared up, the enthusiastic community drummers and to everyone who came. Thank you to the Friends of Coronation Gardens. And to the family of four who brought their own cups. Beryl, we missed you ... but we saw you dancing!

This months Homegrown Bananas was at the Tee Rooms on Banks Road on Wednesday, 15th November. A compact audience enjoyed the homegrown entertainment ... and at least one new person came to join in the wonderful eccentricity and fun that is Homegrown Bananas!

For those of you who are waiting for our talks series to start again, these have been put on hold temporarily due to the organisers busy schedules. They will be back when those schedules have freed up.
Wider Transition activities
Thanks to Nick Drew of Planet Heswall for the following:
On Tuesday, 14 November, Planet Heswall was part of the team supporting Faiths4Change with their event on Faith and Climate change, as part of Interfaith Week. The well-attended event in Birkenhead brought together people of different faiths from Wirral and beyond, with sessions looking at water & waste, energy and community influence & activism. St Bridget's and Earth Fest both featured in the discussions around community aspects, as well as Incredible Edible. The intention is that this event was the start of an ongoing dialogue, not just a one-off - so expect to hear more on this in the future. See write-up here.
The Faiths4Change event tied in nicely with the 'Cool Wirral' Climate Change strategy (available
here ). The next meeting of the Cool Wirral Climate Change group will be on 11 December and Transition Town West Kirby have a standing invitation to attend. We'll let you know what happens!

Who are we?

...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

Read more about Transition Town groups

What are our plans?

People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.

Contact us - stay informed

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Let us know if you would like to be added to our email mailing list (we will not to release email addresses to anyone else).

If you have any imaginative ideas of ways to celebrate the town of West Kirby and spread the message or want to help organise future awareness raising/community-building/fun events we would love to hear from you. Likewise if you are able to display posters advertising our events.

West Kirby Farmers' Market

A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website

TTWK national allotment report

Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
Download the full report or the database of council responses.

Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide

In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

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Our Constitution

West Kirby What's On
Listing of community events in West Wirral.

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